Blind cricket tourney: Delhi beat Punjab, UP pip J&K
After winning the toss, Delhi scored 461 runs for two wickets in 40 overs. The rival team was bowled out for a measly 52 runs. Bal Mukund from Delhi remained not out with 242 runs. In another match between Jammu & Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh, J&K won the toss and decided to bat first. The team made 254 runs for seven wickets. Chasing the score, UP made 256 runs for five wickets in 22.5 overs.dehradun Updated: Oct 23, 2017 20:51 IST
DEHRADUN: Banking on its star batsman Bal Mukund, the Delhi blind cricket team easily thrashed Punjab in North Zone Blind Cricket Tournament (NZBCT) match on Monday. Three matches were played on the first day followed by the rest of the rest of the matches on Tuesday and Wednesday. The final match will be held on Thursday.
After winning the toss, Delhi scored 461 runs for two wickets in 40 overs. The rival team chasing the target of 462 runs was all out at 52 runs. Bal Mukund from the Delhi team was not out with 242 runs. In another match between Jammu & Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh, J&K won the toss and decided to bat first. The team made 254 runs for seven wickets in 40 overs. Chasing the score, UP made 256 runs for five wickets in 22.5 overs. Sayyad Gazi of UP was declared man of the match who scored 65 runs and also took one wicket.
In the third match played between Haryana and Chandigarh, the latter won the toss and decided to bat first. The team scored 187 runs in 22.1 runs. Haryana won the match for four wickets.
Secretary (sports) HS Chug inaugurated the tournament at Maharana Sports Stadium. Chug appreciated the efforts of the local organiser USERC and national organising bodies, CABI and CABD. The official hoped that tournament being played for the first time in the state will be a “game changer”. Durgesh Pant of USERC said that the idea behind organising the tournament is to empower visually challenged individuals.
Shailendra Yadav, general secretary, NZBCT said the teams consist players divided in three categories- B1 (total blind), B2 (those who can see up to three metre) and B3 (those who can see up to six metre).
Out of eight states that were invited to take part in the tournament, Himachal Pradesh could not make it to the tournament and the Uttarakhand team gained a point by default. The remaining seven teams are Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Chandigarh and Punjab.